NIT Andhra Pradesh team develops reactor to treat textile industrial effluent

NIT Andhra Pradesh researchers secured second place in Avishkaar-2022, “Student Innovation Contest”, conducted by APCOST in collaboration with AICTE.

NIT Andhra Pradesh researchers (Source: Official Press Release)NIT Andhra Pradesh researchers (Source: Official Press Release)

Vagisha Kaushik | March 11, 2022 | 01:21 PM IST

NEW DELHI: The National Institute of Technology (NIT) Andhra Pradesh researchers have developed a continuous reactor for the treatment of textile industrial effluent by nano coupled advanced oxidation process. The students have initiated this research towards the mission of Clean Water by recycling the pollutants from Tirupur, Tamil Nadu.

The research was conducted by V C Padmanaban, Department of Biotechnology, NIT Andhra Pradesh along with his scholars Gindi Neha Madhav, Sadhana Pitambar Patil, and Avanti Bhute.

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NIT Andhra Pradesh researchers secured second place in Avishkaar-2022, “Student Innovation Contest”, conducted by Andhra Pradesh Council of Science and Technology (APCOST), in collaboration with the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), at Adikavi Nannaya University (AKNU-Rajamahendravaram) from March 4 to 5, 2022.

Explaining the significance of the research work, Padmanaban, Assistant Professor Department of Biotechnology, NIT Andhra Pradesh, said, “The key challenge towards the treatment of textile dye effluent is the presence of salts and high concentration of dyes which interferes with the process of degradation. It is beneficial if a technology is developed by using the salts which are innately present in the effluent. By keeping this as the strategic point, the team has developed an Advanced Oxidation Process which works well in the high saline conditions towards the complete removal of textile dyes.”

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While appreciating the researchers, Professor C S P Rao, Director, NIT Andhra Pradesh, said, “I suggest integrating the process towards the sustainable and circular economy-based approach. I encourage the team to proceed the research towards the transfer of technology for the benefit of the society and insist the importance of interdisciplinary research for the development of indigenous technologies towards the mission of Atmanirbhar Bharat.”

T Jagan Mohan Rao, Head, Department of Biotechnology, NIT Andhra Pradesh, motivated students to work more towards the scaling up strategies of the process. He encouraged the students to participate more in national and international technical events which would bring collaborative ideas towards the sustainable future. He also added, the department encourages students and faculties to work on cutting- edge research ideas that would add more value to the State and Nation’s Vision.

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